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NEC, Microsoft executives to lead SIA’s new biometrics advisory board

Benji Hutchinson appointed IBTAB chair, Jim Black vice chair
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The Security Industry Association (SIA) has named a new chair and vice chair who will head its Identity and Biometric Technology Advisory Board (IBTAB) to help spur the advancement and adoption of new biometrics solutions.

SIA announced the president of the U.S federal government business at NEC Corporation of America, Benji Hutchinson, is the new IBTAB chair, while the director of security standards and controls with Microsoft’s Cloud Operations and Innovation Physical Security Group, Jim Black, is taking the vice chair role.

They will head IBTAB as it guides the SIA in its engagements with operators of critical infrastructure in the private and public sectors, and as it promotes the adoption and deployment of biometrics and digital identification technologies.

IBTAB is a special advisory panel to the SIA Board of Directors formed earlier this year, which is made up of experts in the fields of biometrics and digital identification. It provides technical expertise to encourage informed buying decisions in technologies that include facial recognition systems, identity proofing and verification solutions, biometric devices and mobile identification platforms.

Extensive industry experience

Hutchinson has vast experience in the biometrics industry. For the past 20 years, he has worked in the domains of IT, biometrics, identity and computer vision industries, and is credited with expanding NEC’s U.S federal business.

He served previously as senior director for U.S federal government national security accounts at MorphoTrust USA, and has also held biometrics roles with the Pentagon and the U.S Army Biometrics Task Force, among others. Hutchinson also sits on the Board of Advisors of Purdue’s University International Centre for Biometric Research.

Jim Black has been with Microsoft for the past 10 years, and has earned the trust of several leading U.S. companies especially in the areas of risk assessment, planning protective measures and engineering physical security solutions for national critical infrastructure sectors, according to the announcement.

He is a Certified Protection Professional and Physical Security Professional through ASIS International and as a Certified Security Consultant through the International Association of Professional Security Consultants.

“I’m looking forward to working together with my colleagues to ensure we further develop and promulgate standards and principles that promote equitable uses of biometric technology. We plan to engage in public dialogue to educate and inform decision makers and practitioners about how to safely and effectively deploy these technologies and what it would mean to lose this capability,” Hutchinson said.

Hutchinson has spoken to Biometric Update in the past on facial recognition regulation as well as other biometric concerns.

For Black, “It is an honor to be nominated and elected by my colleagues to the vice chair role on the SIA Identity and Biometric Technology Advisory Board.” “I’m excited and very much looking forward to offering perspective and insights to SIA leadership on critical technology issues impacting security, privacy and society,” he added.

SIA CEO, Don Erickson, also hailed the appointment of the duo, saying “education and advocacy efforts” in the identification industry would hardly be complete without the inputs of SIA members like Hutchinson and Black.

“We congratulate Benji and Jim on their new roles… and look forward to working with them to promote biometric and digital identification solutions as a catalyst for good in securing critical assets, protecting individual identity, safeguarding proprietary data and enhancing the consumer experience,” said Erickson.

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